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We completed this 3 bedroom home for a fantastic young family in the village of Chiselborough, Somerset.

The design by Robinson Jary Architecture included the provision of a loft space ready for conversion at a later date should the needs of the family change.

We spent a lot of time with the family before beginning work to value engineer the design and get it to a place where they were happy to start the build within their budget requirements but without compromising the quality of the design.

It was a difficult start to the build as we discovered the engineer's designs for the foundations were not suitable due to the proximity of very large poplar trees to the site. We assisted the client in having new drawings made to show a raft foundation suitable for the site.

From then on, we completed all groundwork's, installed a sewage treatment plant and formed the timber frame on site. We installed attic trusses so that the facility is there to extend if the client ever wishes.

A little unusual, we installed cement-based corrugated sheeting on the roof. The external walls are faced with a mixture of local ham stone and Siberian larch. I think these 3 key materials work exceptionally well together to give the impression of a contemporary barn.

We installed high-performance double-glazed PPC aluminium doors and windows from AluK. The home also benefits from a Mitsubishi air source heat pump which fuels the underfloor heating and hot water.

For finishes, we installed a Howdens kitchen and utility. Moduleo LVT flooring was installed throughout the ground floor and bathrooms with the bedrooms and stairs being carpeted.

We completed and handed it over to a happy client in early 2020.


They tendered for the work and were very competitive in their quote. They also went through the plans with us and gave us options on where we coulsad make savings or improvements. From the start they kept to the pricing schedule and their time estimate. They were efficient and cheerful and kept the whole site tidy throughout the process. We were very happy with the quality of their workmanship and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone else.

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